Janis Cook and Elyane Laussade were the solo pianists for Nicholas Chamber Orchestra's performance of Saint-Saéns' Carnival of the Animals, a Utassy Ballet School production at the Whitehorse Arts Centre narrated by Derek Guille. The photograph shows Janis with Hugh Tidy (percussion) and Joanna Tidy ('cello) who featured respectively in the famous Fossils and Swan movements.
Clarinettist, Sungpil Lee and pianist, Janis Cook will perform a delightful programme of French music by Jean-Xavier Lefèvre and Claude Debussy at a free concert in Melba Hall at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville on Monday, 2nd. September commencing at 1.10pm.
If you fancy a visit to the pretty environs of Trentham, come and hear Cook & Co. perform a delightful programme of music ranging from Mozart to Strauss featuring theatrical soprano, Theresa Borg and award-winning cellist, Michael Dahlenburg. The concert will be held at 2.30pm, Sunday 5th May at 'HillHouse', 290 Pearsons Road, East Trentham and all profits will go to the Trentham and District Historical Society.
Cook & Co. take a break during rehearsal:
The Australian Ballet: The Music of the Dance
Celebrating 50 years (ABC Classics 480 6403)
The Australian Ballet was a major influence on the path of my musical career and I was proud to be invited to recreate my piano solo in Ross Edward's evocative music To the Green Island with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra earlier this year. This track contributes to the wonderful collection on the CD set recently released to celebrate the TAB's 50th anniversary.
Janis recently visited New Zealand for the first time as the associate artist for the Melbourne competitors at the Gisborne International Music Competition. The Gisborne Rotary Club, competition managers and associated community offered a warm welcome and a smooth running event. The music was taken seriously, but there was plenty of fun too - surfing lessons, a busking competition, BBQ, etc. The War Memorial Theatre and Lawson Field Theatre each boast a beautiful Bosendorfer grand piano and Janis enjoyed shuttling between the venues on a hired bicycle.
The repertoire of the Melbourne contingent included concertos by Sibelius, Saint-Saens, Desenclos and Rosauro. Click on this link to hear trumpeter Josh Rogan and Janis at the semi-final: http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/audiofeatures/gimc2011This photograph shows Janis onstage in the first round with the talented winner of the Monash University Concerto Competition, Shanie Klas:
More about Shanie: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/news-events/2012/05/29/outstanding-achievement-for-